HOUSEHOLDS are struggling to keep up with soaring energy bills – but you can equip your home with gadgets to help you cut costs.
Prime Minister Liz Truss has promised support to deal with the rising cost of energy, but many people are still struggling.
Households had already seen their energy costs surge by 54% after the price cap for an average home increased to £1,971 in April.
There’s isn’t much that can be done to avoid higher costs, and many people are looking at how to cut down usage to avoid forking out more.
You can invest in a few nifty gadgets around your home that will do the work for you, and stop you wasting so much energy every day.
But do some research and compare prices before you make a purchase to make sure you’re getting the best value for money.
And if you’re ordering online, make sure you take into account delivery charges.
Here’s six gadgets you can get your hands on to start slashing the cost of your energy bills:
Dunelm heated airer – £40
The £40 device costs as little as 7p for an hours running time, making them a nifty and cheaper alternative to a tumble dryer.
Heated airers are like a normal clothes horse but they plug in at the wall and heat up.
It means your washing can dry more quickly, which is extra useful in the winter.
They are also fairly cheap to run, costing just pennies per hour – check out how much exactly in our guide.
The device, which can hold up to 10kg of washing, comes with heated bars and the versatile piece folds flat, making it ideal for easy storage.
It can be purchased here.
Argos also sells a heated electric indoor clothes airer for £55. B&Q customers can also get their hands on a similar device for £47.99.
We’ve also listed the best heated clothes airers for sale in 2022.
Breville HotCup Hot Water Dispenser – £40
As a nation of tea-drinkers, households are likely spending more than they need to keep their kettles boiling.
An easy way to cut down costs is to invest in an energy-saving kettle but also to boil just one mugful of water at a time.
This small trick alone could save you around £6 a year, according to the Energy Trust.
Try Breville’s HotCup Hot Water Dispenser for £40, which boils just one cup at a time.
It is available to buy from Amazon.
Wilko LED bulbs – 3 for £15
Keeping the lights on at home adds up to about 10-20% of your electricity bill.
But upgrading your old bulbs to LED – the more energy efficient option – could help reduce your bill.
And the cost of LED bulbs has plummeted in recent years to as little as £2 or £3 each, so you won’t have to fork out all that much upfront to install the energy saving measure.
Uswitch says you could save roughly £6 a year per bulb if you swap them to the alternatives.
It might not sound much, but with an average of 12 bulbs in every home, that’s £72 a year.
Wilko is currently selling three LED lightbulbs for £15 – and they are available here.
Silentnight Electric Blanket – from £25
Electric blankets don’t cost the earth to run and they let you warm up without having to heat the whole house.
You can beat the cold nights and chilly mornings with this Silentnight comfort control electric blanket from B&M.
The device is easy to use, simply plug the blanket into the nearest power supply, pop it on your bed and let it heat up in just minutes.
Designed with three different heat settings that allow you to control your body temperature.
The electric blanket is also a fast and effective way to gently relieve any aches and pains and lets you enjoy a soothing and calming sleep all year round.
The blanket is washable, but before doing so make sure to disconnect the plug from the mains power supply.
It is available in three sizes – single (£25), double (£30) and king (£35).
You can bag this electric blanker in store or online here.
Salter Aero Grill Pro air fryer – £99
Using an air fryer is a great way to cook up a meal – and it will save you money too.
They use less oil so are a healthier alternative to deep or shallow frying, and experts believe they are more energy-efficient too.
The Salter Aero Grill Pro has all the benefits of air frying but with a grill too.
There’s even a temperature probe that will tell you when your meat, fish or cake is perfectly cooked.
It has more than enough room for all your favourite dishes but it’s a bit heavy, so this is definitely one you’d keep on the counter.
This model heats all the way up to 265 degrees for a crisp finish on your dishes.
The Salter Aero Grill Pro air fryer is available for £99 from Currys.
Energenie 3 Pack of Remote Controlled Plugs – £30
Households are full of plugged-in appliances, TVs, lamps and recharging phones that are draining electricity and sending electricity bills soaring.
But you can reduce costs by around £35 a year if you remember to turn your appliances off, according to the Energy Trust.
Switching off all sockets around the home would be one way to guard against this problem but an easier solution is energy-saving plugs.
The Energenie remote control plugs from Argos mean you can make sure everything is turned off without having to reach for the switch.
They are available from Argos for £30.
What other energy bill help is coming?
From October the first, all households will start to receive a £400 energy bill discount.
The payment will be dished out by your energy supplier and will be split across six discounts between October and March next year.
Households will receive a £66 energy bill discount in October and November and a discount worth £67 in December, January, February and March.
Millions of households are in line to get the £150 Warm Home Discount between December and March 2023.
The Household Support Fund is a scheme that was launched in October last year to help Brits pay their way through winter amid a cost of living crisis.
It was only due to run until March, but has since been extended until the end of this month.
Each local authority has can dish out the cash to people in their area and the help available depends on where you live.
Many councils have published guidance on their websites, so once you know your council, it’s probably best to google and see how to apply.
You can do that using the government’s local council checker tool by inputting your postcode.